Peel Maternity a labour of love at 10 years


Dr Peter Kell and seven-week-old Annabelle.
Dr Peter Kell and seven-week-old Annabelle.

PEEL Maternity has welcomed more than 6000 babies into the world and practice founder Peter Kell has delivered more than 4500.

Dr Kell estimates that 1200 babies come into the world every year at the hands of one of his doctors or midwives.

He has invited past and current patients to help celebrate Peel Maternity’s tenth anniversary in November.

MORE: Alcoa employees volunteer in force throughout Peel region

Dr Kell said he had always liked children and he and wife Heather have six of their own.

That was not the only reason he decided to specialise in obstetrics.

“I always liked obstetrics the best; it has surgical aspects and it is complex medicine,” he said.

“I love the people and there’s occasional sadness but I’ve got enough skills as a doctor to show compassion.”

Dr Kell came to Mandurah in the late 1990s and said over the years there had been many memorable moments.

“There’s been funny times and crazy times, there’s the funny things people say in labour,” he said.

“The most polite people turn and say the funniest things.”

The doctors at Peel Maternity come from diverse backgrounds. As a young man Dr Kell acquired an electroplating and metallurgy trade, Dr Tom Matthews was a midwife and Dr Simon Smith was in the military.

Dr Kell said this gave them a unique understanding of their patients.

He said that when he opened Peel Maternity it was to give his patients a more personal experience and continuity of care.

“The reason people go to a home birth midwife is because they want that personal care,” he said.